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frequently asked questions

Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions:

I just accepted a position at Southeast Missouri State University and have been asked for race and sex information. Do I have to give it?

Yes. Southeast Missouri State University is a federal contractor and therefore is required to report information about its workforce, including race and sex data, to the federal government. You therefore must provide this information after you are hired.

This information is determined by self-identification. That is, you decide which of the five racial categories best describes you. The federal government has provided guidelines on who it sees as being part of each category.
Again, this information is used for statistical reporting to the federal government, accreditation bodies, and grant-awarding agencies, as well as for internal benchmarking and review.
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Can I make an anonymous complaint or a complaint on someone else's behalf?

We work directly with people who feel they have been discriminated against or harassed because of characteristics such as age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. If you need to report a situation you are concerned about, please call the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity Issues (OIED). Because grievance procedures are focused on resolution, it is essential that we work directly with the person who suffered the discrimination or harassment.
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Is everything I tell you kept confidential?

We respect your desire for confidentiality. In most cases, however, it is necessary to share information with other people on campus strictly on a need-to-know basis. This helps to ensure a successful resolution to your situation.
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I am about to advertise a vacant position in a newspaper or magazine. Do I have to put EEO/AA at the bottom of the ad?

At a minimum, you must put at the bottom of the ad, "Southeast Missouri State University is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer." We do not consider the abbreviations sufficient notice. .
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What are the differences between Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Diversity?

Equal Opportunity refers to a federal program geared toward the enforcement of various laws enacted to prohibit job discrimination based on race, color,gender, national origin,or disability. For more information on Equal Opportunity laws, visit Affirmative Actionrefers to the encouragement of increased representation of women and minority-group members, especially in employment. Diversity refers to the ideology of including people of diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. Cultural diversity encompasses the cultural differences that exist between people, such as language, dress and traditions, and the way societies organize themselves, their conception of morality and religion, and the way they interact with the environment.
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How do I know if I have an Equity & Diversity Issues complaint?

If you feel thatyou have been discriminated against or harassed on the basis of your inclusion in any protected class, such as race, gender, age, etc., or that you have been retaliated against for filing a complaint, participating in a complaint investigation, or any other matter related to discrimination or harassment, then you may have an equity & diversity issues complaint.
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Academic Hall 010 - 011
Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity
One University Plaza, MS 3375
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701